Australians Chelsea Gubecka and Kareena Lee took on the world's best in the open water swimming 10km event at the World Championships.
The withdrawal of James Magnussen has failed to place any pressure on fellow defending champion Cate Campbell to shine at this week's world swimming titles.
Australia’s open water swimmers Simon Huitenga and George O’Brien both fought hard in the rough and tumble open water 10km ride at the World Championships.
Australia has had an encouraging start to the FINA World Championships with Jess Walker finishing fifth and Melissa Gorman seventh in the 5km open water event.
Olympic open water swimming nominations will be on the line this week when the next generation of Australian 10km swimmers contest the 2015 World Championships.
Australia's head coach Jacco Verhaeren has backed dual Olympic gold medallist Melanie Wright to fire at next month's world swimming championships.